Rumana Ahmed © AFP
Rumana Ahmed © AFP

Bangladesh Women became the first team to defeat India Women in Asia Cup final. Bangladesh won their first Asia Cup as they defeated India in a last ball thriller. They had defeated India (as well as Pakistan) in the group phase of the tournament earlier. The team returned late Monday to a heroes’ welcome. The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 20 million taka ($236,000) cash reward for the team and promised to review salaries.

“Each player will get one million taka ($14,800) as a cash reward,” BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP on Tuesday. About $75,000 will be shared by the coaching and management staff, he added.

“The BCB will review the salary and match fees of contracted women players this week,” Yunus said.

Currently Bangladesh Women earn a maximum 30,000 taka ($445) each month plus $100 as match fee for an international match.

The team had a grand entry in their nation. The guest list for the welcome included government officials and members of the Bangladesh men’s team. Tamim Iqbal  even shared a video on social media of the Bangladesh men’s team celebrating the victory in the dressing room.